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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 12-27-2012, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Roomate wanted: must eat algae.

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So I've got my Beta tank going now with a small community. It's a 10gal with live plants, my Beta, a school of Neon Tetras and a school of Rasboras.

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I had added some ghost shrimp and everyone got along fine. Then I noticed I could not find my ghost shrimp anymore and found the dried up husk of one outside my tank. They are cheap enough that buying more is not the problem, there just aren't any to be had to buy! All my local and even non-local pet stores are out and have been having a very hard time getting any ghost shrimp in. It took almost 3 weeks of searching and phone calls to finally get some and even then the store only got 6.

So, I need a better solution. What other algae eaters would work well in my tank?

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Do you have a lot of algae that it's a problem?

Snails would probably be okay as you have quite a bit of fish in there now.
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I don't like snails. I have some red/brown algae, which is typical as conditions stabilize. The tank is only about a month old now. Nothing out of control but I don't want to let it go for too long.
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I don't know of too many algae eaters that can be in a 10 gallon.

Amano shrimp are quite small so you could get two or three.
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What about a single Otocinclus (macrotocinclus affinus)? I read they only get 2" and love well planted tanks. Plus I already have algae wafers.
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I've no personal experience with them but I'd imagine 2 inches would be fine.
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Otos would work nicely. How big is the tank? Fore other fish, this link should be of some use:

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/algae-control/fish.php

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What about a single Otocinclus (macrotocinclus affinus)? I read they only get 2" and love well planted tanks. Plus I already have algae wafers.
I would not reccomend them. They need algae. And Schools.
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Your tank IMO is a little bit overstocked. How many fish are in per school?
Otos need to be kept in groups or else they would be stressed... Snails and shrimp are your only option. Is your tank heavily planted or a NPT?

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